Chuck's Zachary Levi returns to TV with 'key' role in Heroes Reborn

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Jan 16, 2015, 4:01 PM EST (Updated)

It's been nearly a year since NBC announced the return of Heroes in the form of a 13-episode standalone miniseries titled Heroes Reborn, and yet we still don't know much about where the event will take the show. We know Heroes creator Tim Kring is back at the helm, we know there's a good chance of original cast members returning, and we know that Heroes alum Jack Coleman is back as Noah Bennett, but that's about it. 

This lack of any real knowledge about the miniseries, or any footage from it, has bred plenty of skepticism in fans who believe the show slid very much off the rails in its later seasons. Will Reborn return Heroes to the glory of its first year, or will it retain the lackluster style of season four? It's been five years now since the show went off the air, and it's impossible to know for sure until we actually see the miniseries, but now a new piece of casting news has come along that might make even the most cynical former Heroes fan perk up.

TV Line reports that Zachary Levi has joined the cast of Heroes Reborn for his first major TV gig since Chuck ended three years ago this month. Since then Levi's kept plenty busy, reprising his Tangled role for a Disney short, co-starring in Thor: The Dark World and working on Broadway, but now he's back on the small screen in what's being described as a "key" role.

“There are a few franchises I’ve always wanted to be a part of, and Heroes is one of them,” Levi said. “Chuck gave me the opportunity to wield some fun powers, but an entire world with superpowers is a world I’ve always wanted to explore.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with Tim [Kring], and the awesome team around him, in bringing this to life. Moreover, to be working with NBC again is such a reward in itself, as my bonds and relationships there are deep.”

We don't know if Levi's a hero or a villain in Reborn yet, but his name definitely lends some buzz to the project. Now we just have to wait for NBC to shed more light on the event, and we might not have to wait long. While at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Friday, NBC President Robert Greenblatt said we can expect more casting announcements in the coming weeks.

(Via TV Line)